CBD is becoming increasingly popular which results in an increasing amount of rumours flying around about what it is, what it does and how it works. Maybe you’ve heard that it gets you high or that it’s illegal, for example? Neither of these is true! Read on to find out the truth about CBD.
1. CBD gets you high
CBD is made from cannabis plants but this doesn’t mean it gets you high. CBD, or cannabidiol, is just one cannabinoid you can get from cannabis plants. There are over 100 cannabinoids in total. The cannabinoid that gets you high is called THC, which is illegal. CBD products that contain no THC are called broad spectrum CBD. At Mee CBD, all our products are broad spectrum so you won’t experience a high when you take them. However, they contain lots of other cannabinoids like CBG and CBC so you can take advantage of their full natural benefits.
2. CBD is illegal
CBD is legal in the UK as long as it contains no THC. However, the possession and use of cannabis in the UK is illegal. It is also illegal to grow CBD. In the UK, CBD is classed as a novel food product as it is a new food product introduced into the EU in 1999. Other products in the same category include sugar cane fibre and chia seeds. To sell CBD as medicine it must have a license. Therefore, the majority of CBD in the UK is classed as a food supplement or food product.
To avoid buying illegal CBD it’s important to check the lab reports of the company you’re buying from. The Centre for Medicinal Cannabis (CMC) tested thirty UK CBD oils from companies and found that 38% contained less than half their advertised CBD content. They even tested one £90 product and found that it contained no CBD at all! 40% of the products they tested contained more than 0.04% of THC making them illegal in the UK. So you need to be careful and choose reputable brands.
3. CBD is addictive
CBD is not addictive. The World Health Organisation ruled that CBD was safe for human consumption and said: “CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”. There is actually some evidence to suggest that CBD can help treat addiction to tobacco, opioids and cocaine. Therefore, you’re not going to get addicted to CBD and it can safely be taken as a daily plant-based supplement.
4. There’s no research about CBD
There is an extensive volume of research about CBD. Many studies have been published looking into the effects of CBD and research is continuing every day. Some of these studies have tested CBD on animals and others have tested it on humans. All sorts of things have been tested by scientists including whether it’s possible to overdose on CBD (it’s not) and if it can help with different conditions like diabetes and acne,. You can read our different journal entries where we have collated research about all sorts of different topics.
5. All CBD is the same
All CBD is not created equal. There are significant differences between different types of CBD. One big difference is between water-soluble and oil-based CBD. Water-soluble CBD has much greater bioavailability and this means it can be absorbed into your bloodstream much more easily than oil-based CBD. You can take a much smaller amount to get the same effect. It makes it taste better and is also much easier to take.
Another big difference is between organic CBD and non-organic CBD. Choosing organic CBD means that your CBD has been exposed to a limited number of pesticides and has been carefully cultivated. It means the CBD you’re taking has been made from plants specifically designed for that purpose, rather than from leftovers from the cannabis industry. Third-party lab reports can help you learn what’s in the products you’re taking.
6. You should only take CBD now and again
Not true! CBD is best taken every day as a plant-based supplement. The build-up of CBD in your body can lead to an increase in cannabinoid receptors in your body. These receptors are part of your endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is involved in lots of different processes in your body including mood, digestion and sleep regulation. You want to keep your ECS functioning well to help you feel your best. There is some evidence to suggest that problems with your ECS are linked to fibromyalgia and migraines. Therefore, you want to take CBD regularly to make sure you have plenty of cannabinoid receptors in your body, helping you feel your best.
CBD Myth Busting
When you buy CBD, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Lab reports can help you learn about the products you’re buying and scientific research helps determine the marketing claims from reality. Enjoy CBD feeling informed and confident in your newfound knowledge!